Nurses at risk
Nov09

Nurses at risk

The world is gripped by the astonishing spread of the dreaded Ebola virus, a disease that has claimed more than four thousand lives across Africa, with infected patients in Spain and the United States. Among those infected were two American nurses who helped care for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan who died Oct. 8 at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Amber Vinson took a commercial flight from Cleveland to...

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Technology vs trafficking
Sep15

Technology vs trafficking

The hotel’s function room quickly filled up, astonishing my fellow organizers of the first-ever CSO Summit To Combat Human Trafficking on the topic: “Using Technology To Fight Trafficking.” Former domestic worker-turned IT company owner Myrna Padilla of Mynd Consulting declared,” It’s about time that we link technology in the fight against human trafficking.” The summit held last August 28-29 at the Traders Hotel along Roxas...

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Life!
Aug10

Life!

Been there, done that. Have you heard that line before? It signifies an experience whether funny, sad, outrageous or tame. It implies lessons learned, to the extent of being jaded over things that happened in the past. Dead people, whom we optimistically presume to be in heaven, probably utter the same phrase while watching us from above. Life is the best history teacher. We don’t remember the dates but we do remember the lessons....

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Inclusive growth
May11

Inclusive growth

Do you feel the effects of a stronger, more progressive economy? If yes, then you are among the few lucky ones. Economic growth that is unaccompanied by an explosion of new jobs and better incomes would be intangible to ordinary folks, many of who find it hard to keep financially afloat. It is a struggle between debt and survival, especially for minimum wage earners and contractual workers. One must add to this category those who are...

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Fighting MERS-CoV
May04

Fighting MERS-CoV

The Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs have issued a joint bulletin to raise public awareness over the dreaded Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Though not yet of epidemic proportions, the number of casualties arising from this virus continues to rise, especially in the Middle East. The World Health Organization reported that MERS-CoV has so far infected 243 worldwide and killed 93 patients...

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Generosity personified
Apr21

Generosity personified

My father, the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople, spoke highly of his boss and dear friend, Don Emilio Yap. From time to time, my father would go over to see the chairman of Manila Bulletin Corporation at his office in the PPL Building in Manila, partaking of the latter’s healthy lunch. A chain-smoker, Ka Blas lit cigarettes wherever and whenever he pleased, except when he was in front of Don Emilio. It was a sign of...

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